American Red Cross, Best Buy partner to help save lives

August 17, 2011

Kalamazoo County Resident Wins $500 Gift Card Experience


Lansing, MI – The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region, in partnership with Best Buy, recently awarded a lucky donor with a $500 Best Buy gift card. Blood donations may typically decrease during the summer months, but this Red Cross donor has made donating a part of his life, no matter the time of year.

“I began donating blood during my college years, “said Tom Zahrt, a Gull Lake resident and the winner of July’s Best Buy gift card promotion. “I know that there are always people in need and my blood type is high in demand.”

Best Buy began its partnership with the Red Cross last year, providing donors an extra incentive to donate blood during critical times.  The partnership keeps growing as both organizations continue to offer donors a chance to win gift cards to the electronics superstore. 

 “We are proud of our continued partnership with the American Red Cross,” said Jennifer Chopp, Community Relationship Program Lead for Best Buy Michigan Market. “We enjoy giving back to the communities we serve and are honored to give back to those who make a difference in those communities as well.” 

The Best Buy, American Red Cross summer giveaway will continue through August, with a new winner randomly selected at the end of the month.  With just a few weeks left in August, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets also has a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card, and/or a $125 Meijer gas. All eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.

“It’s exciting for us to be able to reward our loyal donors for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives, “said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We appreciate Best Buy and other business partners for helping us show our appreciation to donors in our region.”